Friday, May 15, 2015

Kim's Korean Restaurant @ Tavoy Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

Avid fans of Korean food will be glad with another opening of Korean restaurant in town; enjoy 10% opening discount (until end of May 2015) at Kim's Korean Restaurant at Tavoy Road, a short slip road off Burmah Road, opposite to Union Primary School. The restaurant occupies a big bungalow with tall facade. There are ample parking spaces available around the restaurant. It took us a while to flip through the bible-thick menu which covers a comprehensive range of Korean delicacies- from Dak Galbi to Shabu Shabu, Barbecue, Korean Rice Cake, or even Korean Fried Chicken; and of course, other delicacies as well. The items seemed to be priced slightly higher as compared to its competitors, nevertheless, we were very satisfied and happy with their attentive service; we need not to ask them for refills (of Ban Chan), the servers took the initiative to keep refilling the sides until... we had to tell them no. The very beautiful lady owner even apologized for the delay in food and compensated us with two cans of 100 plus. No, not that we were happy with free stuff given but it was the courtesy that we appreciated most

Popularized by a Korean drama, the crispy but inevitably greasy Dak-Gangjeong/ Korean Sweet Crispy-Glazed Chicken (Rm 30) is best washed down by a mug of chilled Beer. We did not take the recommendation though but my partner in crime wanted to try the Fried Chicken. The temptation resulted in the meal ending with a slight disappointment. The two of us struggled to finish the monstrous portion (which I believe it could easily feed more than 4). The Chicken pieces were not battered evenly- some thickly battered while some were alright. They were not spicy at all, not even a trace of heat; instead, the sauce was sweet, akin to Chinese Plum Sauce. Not too sure if they will pair well with chilled Beer but both the flavor and taste were not something that we were seeking for. 

A heart-warming dish- Kimchi Jeongol/ Kimchi Hot Pot (Rm 49); Kimchi infused meat broth studded with Korean Dumplings, fresh Shitake Mushrooms, Tofu, Enoki Mushrooms, Korean Fishcakes, Ramen, Onions and Spring Onions. The refillable broth has a strong, acidic-pungent flavor of Tomato with minimal Kimchi flavor. As we were fishing around for sunken treasure, we found a considerable amount of Kimchi at the bottom of the pot; which did not justify the mildness of (Kimchi) flavor. The hearty portion should be good enough for two small eaters. 

Complimentary-Refillable Ban Chan/ Side dishes

Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service Charge: Yes 10%

Additional Information:
Address: 2, Tavoy Road, 10050, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm; 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 226 6033

Map of 2, Jalan Tavoy, Georgetown, 10050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia